Ants are a common pest in many parts of the world. Because there
are many species, it would be impossible to cover them here individually in a meaningful
way. However, we have do have a separate web page on Carpenter
Ants because they are of economic importance. You may link to that page by clicking
For some species, elimination of breeding spots such as
mulch and other decaying organic matter near a structure can be helpful.
However, once ants start appearing inside, we recommend the use of bait
products as an effective control method.
Bait Stations - Convenient, Low Risk
Of all available bait forms, bait stations
offer a convenient, low risk approach for pesticide application. Although often
referred to as "traps", these products are actually feeding
stations where insects can enter and then move the bait to the ant colony. The product that we recommend is
FC Ant Bait Stations. These may be applied both indoors or
outdoors, but for best results, they should be placed areas that are well
trafficked by ants and away from the sun and rain. They are effective for a range of ant species.
When using bait stations, try to leave the areas near the stations undisturbed; cleaning or washing areas near them removes the scent
trails used by other ants need to find the bait.
Another type of bait is granular bait. We
Niban FG Fine Granular Ant Bait,
a food based bait treated with 5% orthoboric acid It may be applied by evenly
spreading the product or applying it into cracks and crevices as directed. Because this is a fine granules product, it us suited to range of ant species including pavement ants, pharaoh ants, acrobat
ants and little black ants. But it will also work for larger ants such as carpenter ants.
Carpenter Ant Bait, which may be applied
around the outside of the structure and controls a variety of ants, is best
suited for larger ant species such as Carpenter Ants due to its larger particle
size. Smaller ants may be able to take the bait, but they may not be able
to bring the relatively large granules into the smaller nest entrances.
Nonetheless, this product may be used for a number of ant species.
Though this products may be applied indoors, its fish based food ingredient has an odor which some may
find objectionable and thus applied into cracks and crevices. On the outside, the manufacturer recommends that it be applied in one or more piles
from which the ants can grab the bait.
An additional granular bait product that we offer is
Maxforce Complete. This product contains a variety of grit sizes to appear to a range of ant species. This product is weather resistant.
Finally, many professionals are using gel baits for
ants. There are several on the market. Based on our experience and
feedback from commercial applicators, there has been a great degree of success
Maxforce FC Carpenter Ant Gel
Fipronil, the active ingredient, is "contagious" and affects ants that
make physical with it or consumed the bait.
insect sprays can still be used for most ant species. Most effective is a perimeter treatment applied on both sides of a building's exterior walls. Outside, treatment
should include areas around door
frames, window frames and application to the foundation and any other
areas that are vulnerable to entry by ants. Inside, treat around the door frames
and window frames as well as along baseboard areas. Additional treatment
of damp areas may be required in kitchen and bathroom areas. Liquid insect
sprays are best applied as a pin (jet) stream using low pressure rather than using a fan spray.
There are many liquid and dust materials that may be applied for
control of ants. We sell three products for ant control:
Alpine Insecticide Dust,
Drione Dust and
Permacide P-1. To see
product offering and prices,
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